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SNIPPETS

  • Letchworth camping is full. (Show Diary)

  • There will be measuring at the South Devon show.  (Show Diary)

  • Derbyshire DAC has been granted Championship agility status for Large dogs for 2016.

  • As of 2015, Agility Results will cease to operate. (Show Snippets)

  • Due to the high level of support,  DRAT is unable to offer any Pay on the Day at their August show. (Show Diary)

  • Good luck to Agility Team GB at the European Open Championships. (Show Snippets)

  • The NE Dog Festival Agility Show has extended the closing date to 31 July. (Show Diary)

  • There will be measuring at The Agility Club show as well as Dog Vegas August show.  (Show Diary)

  • West Lakes camping is now full. (Show Diary)

  • Agility Team GB has announced a three year partnership with Gencon. (Show Snippets)

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

The Animal Health Co Classic
As ever, size was everything at the Heat 6 of Animal Health Co. Classic and, once again, one of the smaller dogs on the circuit beat all comers. We are seeing a growing trend that the ladies feature far more than the gentlemen in the top 5 at each heat. Is it numbers or ability?

Royal Canin® Starter Challenge
Some 160 partnerships stepped up to the Challenge, set by judge by Ian Stowers - and the rising stars of Agility really shone. The Final, judged by Paul Moore, will  take place on Sunday, 27th September 2015 at the Malvern Autumn Show.

Fitzpatrick Referrals 4th Height Jumping Cup
All in all the Final of the 4th Height Jumping Cup was a fantastic day! Huge congratulations to all the wonderful finalists for getting there and for showing the public how brilliantly these dogs can perform. Judge's report and results available to read. Also see Pic of the Week.

Brillo International Bounce
Congratulations to all those Small and Medium dogs that have qualified so far for the 2015 Final to be held on Saturday, 19 September 2015.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

Skinners Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

RESCUE US

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free to rescue organisations and private individuals!

NEWS & INFO

Supplier's News
DogBooksOnline have recently started selling the Wicked Hound Recurve Sports Collar on their website.
This collar was designed by a vet and top agility competitor in Australia,  specifically for performance dogs.

Training News
Dawn Weaver's long-awaited follow up to Knowledge Equals Speed! will be available at the end of June. To Run or Not to Run reveals everything you need to know about contacts!

Charity News

  • Oasis Relief is selling cakes, jams and preserves at Otley and Weardale to dig a well in Zambia.
  • Help Julia Eady and a team from Active Agility raise money for Pet Blood Bank.
  • Guess the number of sweeties in the jar to help send a member of Team GB to the European Open and World Championships.
  • Thus far £80 has been raised far for the Hare 'n Hounds defibrillator.

Training Places & Spaces
Starting a new group of beginners, looking for few competing handlers to fill your classes or needing a few people to fill a workshop or seminar? Email the details and we will post them for you.

  • Stuart Doughty Agility Training (Worcs)
  • Folly Agility (Warks)
  • Prestbury Park (Glos)

Kennel Club News

  • Time to start thinking about the Kennel  Club Liaison Council elections. If you belong to a KC registered society, you can have your say by nominating someone to represent your area.
  • The Kennel Club General Committee has agreed to change the ‘dogs in hot cars’ notice for KC licensed shows and events to include all vehicles.

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


HOUSEKEEPING

We are always looking for ways to grow and improve Agilitynet for your benefit. Here are some things we've done lately.

  • On 7 July 2015 at 03:57zm, whilst our ISP was performing essential maintenance on the server that has the www.agilitynet.co.uk website (and email) had a catastrophic hardware failure. This resulted in the complete loss of everything on that server. It took them five days before a partial recovery of the site was complete. Unfortunately the ISP did not have complete backups of all the systems so was unable to fully restore the site and emails. Please re-send any emails from that week and bear with us if you don't find your favourite page or feature on the site.
     
  • Our dearly beloved www.Agilitynet.com  is back along with a new URL www.agilitynet.org.uk Be sure to clear your cache and try again if you have any problems.

SPECIALS

Joanne Harker
Not only is Joanne addicted to agility but she's started collecting doodles (poodle crosses). Now she is standing for NE area rep and has taken the time to reflect on hos agility has changed her life.

The M & M Show
The M & M Winter Series, set up by sisters Moria Bowden and Maddie Greenwood, is a cross between an agility show for beginners and the Great British Bake Off.

Casper & Callie
Agility has played a big part in Deborah Noon's life, but now she has considerable concern about the appropriate jump height for her rescue dogs.

Paws for A Thought
Take a moment to think what agility is all about. Here is a compilation of comments and observations from agility people.

  • How lucky are we to have such a great hobby.
  • Is the pole picker becoming an extinct species?

Texts from an Agility Dog
More texts ... this time from an inexperienced agility dog, thanks to Sue Jones. Based on October Jones' funny - and sometimes bizarre - book of passive-aggressive messages between to himself and his dog. If a bulldog can text, so can an agility dog. LOL.

Staffords in Agility
Whether you call them Staffords or Staffies, there are more and more of these fast and fearless dogs being successful in agility.

A Guide to Surviving Your First Show
Essential reading for anyone starting out on their agility competition adventure. Thanks to Cornwall AC for sharing it. We all have to start somewhere.

Plantar Fasciitis
No, it's not a spring flower. It's a sudden, searing pain in your foot which could keep you out for a season or more if you don't treat it correctly. Soraya Porter and her podiatrist Jo Coates explain what it is, how to treat it and how to avoid it.

REGULAR FEATURES

Job Search
Lone Wolf Professional Coaching Services is looking for someone who can use social media tools and create mail shots to generate sales and build a database for the business.

Rainbow Bridge
Mike Stallard's G7 dog Gandies Wee Nuissance fell asleep at the vet and has gone to Rainbow Bridge. He was only eight years old so it was not expected and he was still winning many comps.

Agility was the great love of Bilbo’s life. He was a rescue dog from Battersea and Ann Del-Pizzo's dearest friend and companion.

Senior Agility League
There are now 441 members of the Senior Agility League. Go for it, golden-agers! (Like teen-agers...slower but smarter!)

If you are 55 or older and young at heart, you are eligible to take part in the 2015 Senior Agility League. There is now a link to the League Points (under the masthead) so you can start adding your points any time. Register today

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Latest judges to join:-

  • Connor Harley - updated
  • Jacqui & Kelsey Wood
  • Aileen Watson - updated
  • Iain Davey-Smith
  • Faye (Taylor) Nemeth
  • Amanda Smith

TRAINING

Do Medical Conditions Influence Dog Behaviour?
To what extent do medical conditions influence the behaviour of the domestic dogs? asks Sarah Gardner in her university dissertation. Thank you to everyone who completed her questionnaire which enabled this work.

Tenth Pole Syndrome
If you dog keeps popping out of the 10th pole of the weaves, here is an article which you might find helpful, from American agility guru Linda Mecklenburg.

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many inc
idents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

WANTED...

How can we help you find that elusive item you been desperately seeking? Try a free 'want' ad. You might be lucky

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing. Join one today.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to the winners!

Scottish Terrier Breeds Agility League
They may have short legs but they can still shift. The STB Agility League is open to any Terrier breed or X originating from Scotland e.g. Cairns, Scotties, Westies, Dandy Dimonts, Skyes, etc. New members welcome.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Agiity League
Well done to all those clever Staffords that took part in the STB league last year.

Agility Terrier League
T
he Agility Terrier League 2015 is now open for new members. It is open to all terriers and their crosses. There are great prizes on offer for each grade winner and there is an annual final you could qualify for.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer X Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

REVIEWS

iFetch
Julie Tait kindly reviewed the iFetch automatic ball launcher for Agilitynet with the help of her dogs Alfie and Poppy. What fun they had!

Chaser Toys
Stacey Irwin-Burns reviews Chaser-Toys motivational bungee and non-bungee toys.

Cooking4Mugs
Eat like an Italian even at shows in your caravan.  Bruno Borriello's explains how he wrote his new cookbook between classes at shows. Buon appetito!

Back on Track Back Brace
A
s part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk around eight miles a day. He's found that the BoT Back Brace has helped him significantly, so he wanted to make other aware of it's healing warmth.

Country Mun Stopper Pad Protectors
Stopper pads can easily be cut or ripped and injuries are a common reason for trips to the vet. Using these pads can help to avoid the risk of injury and discomfort to your dog and can save lotsa money in treatment costs.

KOOL AIDS

This could be our one week of British summer so let's not forget that dogs and high temperatures do not always mix. It's about this time every year that we re-post some of our previous hot weather articles. They just don't go out of date.

Hot Weather Warning
When the temperature soars and it feels like Death Valley in the shade, don't forget that your dog change into something cool and hang around the pool. Common sense and a few simple steps can save their lives and make hot weather competing worth the trip.

Heat Stroke Survival Guide
To know whether or not your dog is suffering from heatstroke - as opposed to merely heat exposure. it's important to know the signs of heatstroke.

Kool Aids
Here are a few suggestions for keeping your dog cool - from a dogs paddling pool to suntan lotion, cool coats to water bottles.

Canine Cook
Frozen peanut butter yogurt treats are sure to bring a smile to your dog's face.

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